A second COVID-19 case has been detected at Booral, in the MidCoast local government area, and viral fragments have been detected in the Karuah and Dungog sewage catchments for the first time.
The Booral case was infectious in community and is linked to known case.
The Friendly Grocer at Stroud has been identified by Hunter New England Health as an exposure site. Anyone who attended the venue on Sunday, September 5 between 3.15pm to 3.25pm are casual contacts (unless they have been contacted by NSW Health as close contacts) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.
A further seven cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed in Hunter New England Local Health District residents in the 24 hours to 8pm last night (Saturday).
This brings the total number of cases in the district to 292 since August 5, 2021.
Of the new cases:
- Three are from Newcastle LGA, two are from Lake Macquarie LGA, one is from Port Stephens LGA and one is from Mid Coast LGA.
- All seven cases were infectious in the community.
- Six are linked to known exposures or family clusters, while one case is still under investigation.
A pop-up COVID-19 testing clinic has been established in Hamilton South to offer swabs to residents of community housing complexes in the area.
This is in response to two newly confirmed cases (one who will be announced in tomorrow's case numbers as the notification came in after 8pm last night) who reside in housing complexes on Hassall Street and Glebe Road. Investigations and contact tracing are underway.
The district is offering swabs to those in the two identified buildings as well as those who live in the surrounding blocks.
HNEH says this is as a precaution to help identify any potential transmission and help stop the spread of COVID-19 amongst residents.
There were sewage detections of COVID-19 viral fragments in Tamworth, Dungog and Karuah reported overnight, which may indicate undetected cases. Anyone in these communities with any respiratory symptoms should immediately get tested and isolate while they wait for their results.
Anyone who attended any of the following new venues listed on the specified dates and times is a casual contact (unless they have been contacted by NSW Health as close contacts) and must get tested and isolate until a negative test result is received.
- Woolworths (Pender Place), Maitland
Monday 6 September from 6.25pm to 6.50pm
- IGA Plus Liquor, Wangi Wangi
Monday 6 September from 3.50pm to 4pm
- The Reject Shop, Stockland Glendale
Tuesday 7 September from 10.55am to 11.05am
- Hot Bargain, Stockland Glendale
Tuesday 7 September from 10.45am to 10.55am
- Coles (Gowrie Street Mall), Singleton
Saturday 4 September from 6.10am to 6:35am
- Woolworths, Salamander Bay
Sunday 5 September from 4.45pm to 5pm
- Woolworths, Nelson Bay
Monday 30 August from 6am to 3pm
Friday 3 September from 4.30pm to 5pm
Saturday 4 September from 1.15pm to 1.40pm
Monday 6 September from 5.20pm to 5.50pm
Monday 6 September from 6.45pm to 7.15pm
NSW Health contacts close contacts of all confirmed cases and directs them to be tested and self-isolate for 14 days from last contact, regardless of the result.
Anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms such as fever, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath, is urged to immediately get tested. Even people with mild symptoms, such as fatigue, new muscle aches or pains, headache, a change in taste or smell or a new runny nose, should arrange testing as quickly as possible.
All testing sites can be located via https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/health-and-wellbeing/clinics.
Those who have also attended any of the exposure sites listed on the HNE Health Facebook page and the NSW Government website at the specified times and dates should also seek testing, regardless if they have symptoms or not and follow the NSW Health directions.
It is also important that anyone who is currently isolating in the community with COVID-19, calls for an ambulance should they experience a deterioration in their condition, including breathlessness and dizziness.
Hunter New England Health continues to urge eligible people to come forward for vaccination (providing they are not cases, contacts of cases, are not isolating, and do not have symptoms). People can check their eligibility and make bookings via the Commonwealth Government's eligibility checker.
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